Dolby Atmos now available through Netflix, joins Dolby Vision on LG 2017 OLED 4K TVs

posted on Thursday, 29th June 2017 by Steve May

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Dolby Atmos is now available from Netflix. The streaming service has introduced the object-based audio format globally with the release of Okja, a Netflix original movie (pictured below). Compatible TVs will also receive that same film with Dolby Vision HDR. Additional Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision titles will follow.

This combined Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision streaming experience will initially only be available on 2017 LG OLED TVs, pending a firmware update to enable IP functionality. Netflix says it plans to roll out support to additional devices. 

Dolby Atmos content from Netflix is also be available via Xbox, when the console is connected to a Dolby Atmos home cinema system, TV or soundbar, or via headphones using the new Dolby Atmos for headphones feature available for purchase through the Dolby Access app in the Xbox Store.

Okja

“Netflix and Dolby share the same vision for delivering spectacular experiences to consumers,” enthused Giles Baker, Senior VP, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Labs. “With consumers already able to experience Dolby Vision on Netflix, it was a natural continuation of our partnership to bring a new level of immersive audio with Dolby Atmos to Netflix members around the world.”

Unlike HDR10, Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata with an intelligent display mapping engine to deliver scene-by-scene optimized HDR.

"With the addition of Dolby Atmos support on Netflix, we are enabled to deliver the most cutting-edge experience to our global members and provide another creative tool to the artists," says Greg Peters, Chief Product Officer, Netflix. "I'm excited for Netflix members all over the world to be able to get a theater-quality experience in the comfort of their own homes."

The news should be good for integrators, as it propels the next gen audio format into the mainstream. Dolby Atmos allows sound to be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead, according to the deployed hardware configuration. It is not, however, a guarantee of surround/overheard audio, regardless of hardware. A convincing Atmos 360 degree soundfield can only be achieved with a compatible speaker layout, which is of course a specialty of custom install.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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